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Nova Scotians warned of possible COVID-19 exposure on WestJet flight from Calgary – CBC.ca

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Nova Scotia Health is warning people in the province of a potential COVID-19 exposure on a Calgary flight.

WestJet Flight 232 left Calgary on Sept. 7 en route to Halifax, the authority said on Friday afternoon.

It departed Calgary at 9:30 a.m. and arrived in Halifax at 5:14 p.m.

Passengers in rows 4 to 10 and seats D, E, F are more likely to have had close contact with the potential coronavirus exposure, the NSHA said. People in those seats are asked to call 811.

Marla MacInnis, spokesperson for the Department of Health and Wellness, said the person entered Nova Scotia with a work exception to the self-isolation order. 

“They had completed a COVID-19 test in another province and received the results once in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Public Health is completing contract tracing work now,” she said Friday.

Possible exposures on other recent flights

This is the third Halifax-bound WestJet flight from Calgary to have potential COVID-19 exposure in recent weeks. The two other flights departed Aug. 24 and Aug. 26.

The province said it would be contacting anyone known to be a close contact of the person, or persons, confirmed to have COVID-19.

Anyone possibly exposed to the coronavirus on the WestJet flight might end up developing symptoms up to, and including, 14 days afterwards.

Those not in the identified rows and seats should still self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, the authority said. 

People should always call 811 if they’re experiencing or have experienced the following symptoms in the past 48 hours:

  • Fever or cough (new or worsening).

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Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

  • Sore throat.
  • Runny nose. 
  • Headache.
  • Shortness of breath.

Those at risk should self-isolate until they receive 811 advice on next steps.

Also Friday, Nova Scotia reported no new cases of COVID-19 for the fourth day in a row.

There are currently two active cases in the province.

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Health officials announce 223 new coronavirus cases in BC | News – Daily Hive

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Health officials in British Columbia have announced 223 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of known cases in the province to 12,554.

In a written statement on Friday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that broken down by health region, this equates to 4,319 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 6,864 in the Fraser Health region, 250 in the Island Health region, 662 in the Interior Health region, 371 in the Northern Health region, and 88 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 2,009 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 4,637 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Currently, 75 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 24 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There have been two new healthcare facility outbreaks at Laurel Place and Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge. The outbreaks at PICS Assisted Living, Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre, Chartwell Carrington House Retirement Residence, and Thornebridge Gardens Retirement Residence have been declared over. In total, 16 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

There have been two new community outbreaks at Coast Spas Manufacturing and Pace Processing. There also continue to be exposure events around the province. Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities’ websites.

There have been no new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 256 deaths in British Columbia.

A total of 10,247 people who tested positive have recovered.

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Record 274 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in B.C., including five in Island Health – Times Colonist

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British Columbia has seen a ­second day of record-high COVID-19 cases, with 274 new cases reported on Thursday.

B.C. reported more than 200 new infections for the first time on Wednesday, with 203 confirmed cases.

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There were five new cases reported in the Island Health region Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 15. There has also been a new COVID-19 exposure at a Vancouver Island school, Island Health said.

Families at Wood Elementary School in Port Alberni received a letter Wednesday saying a member of the school community has tested positive for COVID-19.

The exposure happened on Oct. 19 and the health authority will use contact tracing to notify staff and students who need to self-isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

People who have been asked to self-isolate received a phone call, while those told to self-monitor were notified by letter.

Those who have not been contacted should continue to attend school and monitor for symptoms, according to the letter, signed by Dr. Shannon Waters, medical health officer for the Cowichan Valley region, and Pacific Rim school district superintendent Greg Smyth.

The latest school exposure on the Island follows two previous school exposures in September: One at Carihi Secondary in Campbell River on Sept. 28 and one at Alberni Secondary in Port Alberni on Sept. 22.

B.C. has seen its first school outbreak, at Kelowna’s Ecole de l’Anse-au-Sable School, where five cases have been confirmed.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said despite the school outbreak, there’s no indication the return to in-person classes has caused COVID-19 to spread.

Since in-person classes resumed on Sept. 10, here have been 213 exposure warnings of COVID-19 cases linked to a school, Henry said. There have been six “clusters” where more than one person linked to a school was infected and the Kelowna case is the first outbreak, she said. An outbreak outside a health facility is declared when at least two people test positive.

“We are not seeing return to school cause the amplification [of infections] in our community,” Henry said.

“While it’s concerning that we have an outbreak, what I think is positive about this is that we are monitoring all of the exposure events and we have had very little transmission in the schools and public health has been working with schools across the province to keep it that way.”

Henry said the majority of new COVID-19 cases are concentrated around the Lower Mainland, with 203 new cases in the Fraser Health region on Thursday.

The Fraser Health authority confirmed outbreaks at several long-term care homes and assisted-living facilities. The province has 1,920 active cases, with 71 people in hospital, 24 of whom are in critical care.

Henry said people are also travelling across the province and coming to B.C. from other parts of Canada, which increases the risk of spreading the virus.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has warned of a COVID-19 exposure on a flight to Victoria on Oct. 15. There was a confirmed case on Air Canada flight 195 from Toronto that day, and passengers in rows 17-23 are advised to self-isolate and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Gatherings such as weddings, funerals and Thanksgiving meals have caused significant spread of the coronavirus in the province, said Henry, adding as the cold weather sets in and events move indoors, there’s a higher risk for the virus to spread.

People getting married should consider having a civil ceremony and waiting until next year to hold a larger gathering with extended family and friends, she said.

The maximum gathering size remains 50 people, but as flu season begins, people need to be extra cautious and limit gatherings to their households plus their “safe six” bubbles, Henry said.

“You may think the risk doesn’t apply to you because you live far away from the Lower Mainland. But we have seen on many occasions … that COVID‑19 knows no boundaries and impacts us all.”

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163 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, with new records for hospitalizations, positive tests – CBC.ca

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Manitoba continued breaking recently set COVID-19 records on Friday, with the death of another resident at a Winnipeg care home that has become the site of the province’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak.

The death of the man in his 80s connected to Parkview Place brought Manitoba’s coronavirus-linked fatalities to 48, the province said in a news release, including 15 Parkview residents.

To date, 108 people connected to the privately owned facility — 82 residents and 26 staff — have contracted the illness, a provincial spokesperson said on Friday.

Manitoba also announced 163 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday — the new second-highest single-day increase in cases. On Thursday, 147 new cases were announced, which was at that point the province’s second-highest one-day jump.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate — a rolling average of the COVID-19 tests that come back positive — also reached a new high on Friday, at 6.5 per cent, breaking another record set just a day earlier. In Winnipeg, that rate is 7.2 per cent as of Friday, a provincial spokesperson said.

Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has pointed to the provincial figure as one of the most important indicators of how Manitoba is handling COVID-19, and said a rate of more than three per cent would likely indicate significant community spread.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate soared to a new record on Friday. (Bryce Hoye/CBC)

There are now 51 people in hospital with the illness, which is also a new record. Eight of those people are in intensive care, tying the existing high set last month.

Meanwhile, officials working with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said nearly one-third of First Nations in Manitoba — 20 of 63 — have now had cases of COVID-19. To date, there have been 449 cases among First Nations people living on- and off-reserve in the province, including two who have died.

Outbreaks of COVID-19 have been declared at four more Winnipeg care homes, which have been elevated to red, or critical, on the province’s pandemic response system.

Those sites are the Holy Family Home, Concordia Place personal care home, the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre personal care home, and the Maples Long Term Care Home.

An outbreak at the YWCA in Thompson has now spread to 13 people linked to the facility, a provincial spokesperson said on Friday. The site has been housing roughly 25 people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

Manitoba set a new record for coronavirus-linked hospitalizations on Friday. Note: The province did not provide data on daily hospitalizations or people in intensive care on Oct. 3 or Oct. 21, citing technical difficulties. (Bryce Hoye/CBC)

Just under 80 per cent, or 128, of the new cases announced Friday are in the Winnipeg health region, the province’s release said. 

There are another 19 new cases in the Southern Health region, eight in the Interlake-Eastern health region, seven in the Northern Health region and one in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

More possible exposures

The province also announced several new possible COVID-19 exposures on Friday. Among the latest sites are:

  • Sand Hill Casino in Carberry on Oct. 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight.
  • SOUL salon and spa in Brandon on Oct. 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Oct. 14 from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Yellowquill School in Portage la Prairie from Oct. 13 to 16.
  • St. Claude School from Oct. 13 to 16.
  • Winnipeg Transit Route 71 from Sinclair to Aberdeen/Arlington on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.
  • École Constable Edward Finney School in Winnipeg on Oct. 19 and 20.
  • Technical Vocational High School in Winnipeg on Oct. 16.
  • Winnipeg Adult Education Centre on Oct. 7, 13, 19, 20 and 21.
  • Cecil Rhodes School in Winnipeg on Oct. 13.
  • Busy Bee Day Care Centre in Winnipeg on Oct. 13.
  • École Leila North School in Winnipeg from Oct. 13 to 16.
  • St. Emile Catholic School from Oct. 13 to 16.
  • École Templeton School in Winnipeg on Oct. 13 and 14.
  • University of Winnipeg Collegiate on Oct. 13 and 15.
  • École Margaret-Underhill in Winnipeg on Oct. 8.
  • School bus linked to a Franco-Manitobain School Division site (209 Rue Kenny) on Oct. 9.
  • Maples Collegiate on Oct. 14.

More information about possible COVID-19 exposures can be accessed by visiting the province’s website and clicking on the link to each region.

One case of the illness previously announced in Manitoba has been removed from the province’s total, the release said, bringing the tally of cases identified in Manitoba to 3,935.

On Thursday, the province announced new rules coming for northern Manitoba and schools in both the Winnipeg area and the north. Those measures will take effect on Monday.

That announcement came as Manitoba announced a new record number of deaths linked to the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and posted what was before today the highest five-day test positivity rate.

To date, 2,032 people in Manitoba are listed as recovered from COVID-19, while 1,855 cases are considered active — though Roussin has said that number is skewed because of a data entry backlog.

Another 2,642 COVID-19 tests were done in Manitoba on Thursday, bringing the total completed in the province since early February to 236,023.

Data on test numbers and the test positivity rate will be unavailable on Saturday because of scheduled system upgrades, the release said. That information is expected to be updated again on Sunday.

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